We tell you what can be done today to avoid weight gain in the future.
Along with menopause, a number of unpleasant symptoms accompanying it come to women. And one of them is a slowing down of metabolism, which can cause not only weight gain, but also chronic fatigue, hair loss and headaches. However, all these negative manifestations can be mitigated if you develop a few simple eating habits. Moreover, it is better to start producing them long before menopause.
Add spicy foods to the menu
Spicy food, such as chili pepper or ginger, is an excellent natural metabolism accelerator. In Chile, capsaicinoids are responsible for this — substances that, according to research, accelerate metabolism. And regular consumption of ginger has a stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal tract. However, there is one weighty “but”: spicy foods and dishes from them can harm the gastrointestinal tract, therefore, before introducing them into a regular diet, it is better to consult a doctor.
Eat more oatmeal
“Oats and other whole—grain products can help maintain a healthy metabolism,” says nutritionist and writer Lauren Manaker in an interview with the Eat This, Not That! portal. “The results of one study showed that replacing refined foods with whole grains can help increase a person’s resting metabolic rate.”
In addition, regular consumption of oat flakes will help you feel full for longer and maintain a healthy intestinal microflora.
Do not deny yourself chocolate
Manaker claims that regular consumption of dark chocolate, rich in flavonoids, helps speed up metabolism. “According to the results of a study published in the journal Molecules in 2018, people who consumed 2 grams of dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa daily had an acceleration of glucose metabolism for 6 months,” says the nutritionist.
Nevertheless, it is important to consume chocolate in moderation and choose a treat that contains at least 70% cocoa (the lower the percentage of cocoa, the higher the percentage of added sugar).